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Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Starting life as a Fiat project to provide a larger sibling to the Bertone-designed Fiat X1/9, the X1/8 (and later X1/20) was taken forward by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina and turned into a 2-litre mid-engined car. It was launched at the Geneva Salon in 1976, taking on 'Lancia' badges at the last minute, and given the name 'Montecarlo' to give it some sporting pedigree. However, the world was more focussed on its faster sibling the extraordinary Lancia Stratos, and the Montecarlo was rather tame by comparison.


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Lancia Beta Montecarlo - badge. From launch in 1975 until 1978 the car carried the 'Beta' name as the 'Lancia Beta Montecarlo'.
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Lancia Beta Montecarlo - badge. This badge sits at the bottom of the A-pillar, testimony to the design by Pininfarina, originally drawn by Paolo Martin as the Abarth 030/Fiat X1/8 project.
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Lancia Montecarlo - badge. From 1979 the 'Beta' name was dropped and the cars simply named 'Lancia Montecarlo'.
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Lancia Beta Montecarlo. A 'traditional' Lancia grille hastily added on Fiat project X1/20 to make it a Lancia model.
Lancia Beta Montecarlo 1977 front
Lancia Beta Montecarlo.
Lancia Beta Montecarlo 1977 rear
Lancia Beta Montecarlo. Lancia Beta Montecarlo was based on the prototype Abarth 030, as the X1/8 (later the X1/20). The original concept used a 3-litre V6 engine, but the production version used Lancia Beta twin cams.
The car was passed from Fiat to Lancia, and was constructed by Pininfarina, the original design company, in Turin, Italy. Production lasted from 1975 through 1979 for the first series(S1), with a second version(S2) launched in 1980. Production of the Monte Carlo ended in 1981.
Lancia Beta Montecarlo front
Lancia Beta Montecarlo. From Project X1/8 to Fiat X1/20, and almost becoming an Abarth, and finally changing to a Lancia on the eve of the 1975 Geneva Salon. Bodywork by Pininfarina, engine by Lancia.
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Lancia Beta Montecarlo. Some early cars had solid buttresses. Production stopped in 1978 after braking faults, and when it resumed in 1980 the 'Beta' title was dropped.
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Lancia Beta Montecarlo. At one time destined to have the Dino-derived V6 engine, it was delivered instead with the same dohc 4-cylinder engines given to the Lancia Betas.
Lancia Beta
Carozzeria Pininfarina
Paolo Martin
Lancia Racing
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